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Theater Weather Imaging and Cloud Characterization Sensor (TWICCS)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-18-C-9224
Agency Tracking Number: F171-073-1471
Amount: $1,499,999.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF171-073
Solicitation Number: 17.1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-08-28
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-08-28
Small Business Information
748 Springdale Drive Suite 125
Exton, PA 19341
United States
DUNS: 962357575
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 John Fisher
 President, lead Optical Engineer
 (484) 459-9589
 jfisher@bphotonics.com
Business Contact
 Zach Burns
Phone: (484) 879-6568
Email: zburns@bphotonics.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

Theater Weather Imaging and Cloud Characterization Sensor (TWICCS) payload for the MetNet-1 Small Satellite will demonstrate the capabilities of a push-frame, multispectral imager in acquiring high quality weather data covering from the Visible through Longwave Infrared. Data products supported include Theater Weather Imaging products (ie. discrimination of ground fog, dust, and smoke, etc.) and Cloud Characterization products (cloud phase, cloud top temperature, mid and low-level clouds, etc.). The field of view of the instrument is 2000 Km with a 1 Km Visible resolution in the Day-Night Band, and 2 Km resolution in the infrared bands at the edge of field. The payload will fit in a commercial microsatellite (<50 Kg) with multiple low-cost launch options available to 850 Km Sun-Sync terminator orbit. The mission objective is to prove that a constellation of 24 small low-cost satellites can fill the role previously held by exquisite GEO and LEO satellites, without sacrificing data quality or revisit rate (<30-min average for a 24- satellite constellation.)

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